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7 Secrets of Successful Speeches

Delivering a captivating presentation can help you and your brand stand out and look good. Whether you’re trying to connect with customers, employees or investors, presenting with poise will help you grip your audience and feel confident. To prepare a powerful presentation, use these tips: Show your passion: What aspect of your topic makes you […]

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Create a Competitive Content Strategy

In today’s crowded marketplace it’s hard to stand out, especially if your company lacks a massive marketing budget. Luckily the Internet helps “level the playing field” for companies of all sizes to turn themselves into giants by telling their story — all for minimal cost. Here are five ways your company can gain a competitive […]

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Case Study: Results-Oriented Press Release

Situation One of my clients requested a press release to announce a new strategic alliance. The client wanted to increase awareness of the alliance within a specific B2B industry. Approach To help my client achieve business objectives, I: Analyzed the company’s past media campaigns; Researched targeted trade and mainstream publications; and Considered the client’s, editors’ […]

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7 “Go For Gold” Presentation Tips

Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones who strive to “own the podium.” Just as athletes must practice their sport to win, executives and business owners must practice public speaking to make connections and compete effectively. Use these 7 gold medal presentation tips to win over your audience: Start with a clear purpose: Remind yourself why […]

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Attract Attention: Timeless Tips

While 67 years have passed since George Orwell established his famous Writing Rules, his advice remains as relevant as ever in today’s age of relentless communication. Orwell’s rules can help brands engage customers and employees through clear, compelling content. To help your business stand out, apply Orwell’s timeless wisdom: Avoid clichés Use short words Cut […]

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Simplicity = Good Business Sense

Why is simplicity so hard? Some of my clients have worried that simple writing dumbs down the message and insults the reader. I disagree – and I successfully convinced my clients that clear, concise writing shows actually respect for the audience. Here’s what I tell clients about the power of simple prose: 1. Readers never […]

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Timeless Strategic Writing Tips

Whether we write for the web or print, copywriting is about understanding your audience and addressing its needs. That’s why these century-old copywriting tips are still valid today: Focus on benefits: Tell your target why they need your product or service Listen closely: Understand your audience’s needs so you know how to fulfill them Skip […]

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7 Tips for Strategic Copy

To create copy that gets results, use these tips: Focus on your audience: what do they want? Make your point up-front Keep your objective or call to action clear Emphasize your benefits Answer the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when, why) … and how Use simple keywords and short, clear sentences Limit the number of […]

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Case Study: Strategic Language

Communication Challenge: A brilliant client of mine held itself back by using academic and technical language on its website. The copy was more suitable for post-graduate English or IT professors than its true audience. In fact, a readability test tool suggested readers would need 17 years of formal education to comprehend the copy! Strategic Solutions: […]

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